First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Eric Church, 'The Outsiders'
February 2, 2014 – As fun as his bold declarations can be, the country star's depth comes from his ruminative side.
Read First Listen: Thumpers, 'Galore'
February 2, 2014 – The London duo is committed to the idea that the world is a sprawling family in a tiny neighborhood.
Read First Listen: Cibo Matto, 'Hotel Valentine'
February 2, 2014 – For their first album together in 14 years, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda showcase their evolution.
Listen First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar'
February 2, 2014 – How do the premier ambassadors of Saharan soul navigate a dangerous time in their home nation?
Read First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures'
February 2, 2014 – The young English band weaves '60s inspirations into crazy-beautiful, richly idiosyncratic music.
Listen First Listen: Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'
February 2, 2014 – Alynda Lee Segarra's kind, mellow voice tells us to rip up what we know and start again.
Read First Listen: 'Sweetheart 2014'
January 26, 2014 – Hear famous love songs performed by Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Valerie June and more.
Read First Listen: Jeremy Messersmith, 'Heart Murmurs'
January 26, 2014 – The singer-songwriter's new album is no less than an attempt to craft a new batch of pop standards.
Read First Listen: Marissa Nadler, 'July'
January 26, 2014 – On her sixth album, the Bostonian singer-songwriter gets darker and more sinister than ever before.
Read First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted'
January 26, 2014 – In English or in Spanish, Chavez captures a healthy dose of American soul, country and rock music.
Read First Listen: CEO, 'Wonderland'
January 26, 2014 – Wonderland is soothing and fun, but it also speaks to isolation and a delicate search for meaning.
Read First Listen: Robert Ellis, 'The Lights From The Chemical Plant'
January 26, 2014 – You'll hear the influence of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and a bit of Rodney Crowell's sparkle.
Read First Listen: Actress, 'Ghettoville'
January 24, 2014 – Actress focuses on the space surrounding each lethargic drum hit, as he revels in lo-fi glitches.
Read First Listen: The Autumn Defense, 'Fifth'
January 19, 2014 – The pop-rock band's songs can seem unassuming, but they also burrow under the skin over time.